Boston Bruins: Dennis Seidenberg Looked Good In His Return


The Boston Bruins once again squandered a two goal lead last night at the TD Garden. While the Bruins defense fell short again, very little blame can be laid at the feet of one of their returning players. Bruins defenseman Dennis Seidenberg returned to the line up last night and made his presence known for the B’s.

For a guy who hasn’t played hockey in seven months, Seidenberg made his presence known quickly. On several occasions, the veteran German blueliner inflicted punishing (but clean) hits on Avalanche players. He led all Bruins with six of them last night. He had two blocked shots, and spent time on the penalty kill for the Bruins, which didn’t allow a goal while being shorthanded. Not a bad outing for a guy who played only 15:34 on the ice.

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“He did well for a guy that hadn’t play at all this year,” said Claude Julien after the game. “He’s always kept himself in good shape. That’s the number one thing for him. But at the same time, you know, different players have different bodies.

“Some heal quicker than others. He’s one of those [guys] that’s in great shape, and he does heal quicker than others. Some need the time that you estimate, and the other ones are sometimes a little ahead of the schedule. But give the guy credit. He always works hard to get back, to be in top shape and he’s done that again this time.”

Seidenberg’s initial return time was to be around Thanksgiving. Once again, the 34-year old defenseman came back quicker than expected from a serious injury. While Seidenberg essentially played bottom pair minutes last night, he’ll quickly take back a top-four spot in the coming weeks. While Seidenberg wasn’t happy with last night’s outcome, he’s happy to be back on the ice with the team.

“My role is to play my brand of hockey,” offered Seidenberg. “Which is playing solid defensively and penalty killing. Just making a simple play and playing physical hockey and winning my battles. That’s just what we have to focus on and whatever else happens its fine.”

The Bruins will continue their five game home stretch on Saturday as they take on the Detroit Red Wings at the TD Garden.

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